Govt sanctions prosecution of Nayeem Khan
Was Booked In 2011 For Raising ‘Provocative’ Slogans
Srinagar, Feb 2: Close on the heels of asking separatists to open dialogue with New Delhi, Jammu and Kashmir Government has accorded sanction to prosecute senior Hurriyat leader Nayeem Ahmed Khan under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967, in a two-year old case. The case pertains to raising of ‘provocative’ slogans by Khan and his associate.
The State Home Department Thursday granted formal sanction to Jammu and Kashmir Police to launch legal proceedings against Khan and his colleague Abdul Hamid Bhat under the Act.
Khan was booked by police along with his associate in case FIR number 72/ 2011 under section 147 RPC and 13 of the UA(P) Act. In the FIR, police has accused Khan and his associate of raising provocative slogans against the sovereignty of India on 16th September 2011 in Gol Market area of Karan Nagar Srinagar.
After sitting over the case for more than a year, Jammu and Kashmir Police vide letter number Legal/San/48/S/2012/352 had sought permission from the Home Department for launching legal proceedings against Khan.
“Whereas, after perusing the case diary, the relevant documents and also taking into consideration the observations/views of the Authority appointed under sub-section (2) of section 45 of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967, the State Government is of the view that there is sufficient material and evidence available against the accused persons for their prosecution under the aforesaid provisions of law. Now, therefore, in exercise of powers conferred by subsection (1) of section 45 of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967, the State Government hereby accords sanction for launching prosecution against the below mentioned accused persons (Khan and Hamid) U/S 13 of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967, arising out of FIR No. 72/2011 of Police Station, Karan Nagar, Srinagar,” the Home Department says in its sanction letter.
Khan, a General Council member of Hurriyat (M), was one of the founders of Islamic Students League (ISL) and now heads the National Front.
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